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John205480

Signature: A Layout is never finished .

Bio: Shame I had to wait until I was 60 to get my first train set but I have made up for lost time .

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john205480

8 posts

I suggest you buy the best possible quality set of screw drivers you can afford .The screws that hold the car bodies to the chassis are extreemly tight when new and you have one chance of unduing them without stripping the heads .Keep the inside of the cars spotless clean and avoid any fibres wrapping around axles etc and use some silion grease sparingly on the drive gears to prevent wear .Have fun 

A Layout is never finished .

john205480

8 posts

For some portable fun I use 4 folding pasting tables that can take a good size layout and they quickly tidy away when the racing is done for the day .Best way I found to get off the floor without being too permanent .

happy racing . 

A Layout is never finished .

john205480

8 posts

I passed my bike test in 1980 .At that time it was 2 parts with the first part consisting of riding in and out of cones and general control off road .the second part was riding with the tester following in a car doing a few turns and an emergency stop .If you did not fall off you passed .

The crazy  thing was that I passed my test on a 100cc machine and then went straight to an 850cc which was scary until I got used to it .These days I believe you can only move up the cc in stages .

I still ride now but progressed from chin on the tank racers to more of a cruiser .I ride a large 400 cc scooter now which is a dream .

Best advise on the road test is make plenty of rear observations before moving or changing direction .The test is to show you are safe and not an expert in popping wheelies !

But the best quality helmet you can afford as I know from experience it will save your life .

Good luck. 

A Layout is never finished .

john205480

8 posts

I have the Hamilton and it runs on my layout with ease .It comes with a larger out of scale front bodie which makes curves no trouble .It has the scale bogie with the package if you want real scale .Great loco and iconic shape . Go for it .

A Layout is never finished .

john205480

8 posts

My Citroen C1 2013 is zero to pay  .

A Layout is never finished .

john205480

8 posts

Try using strips of cardboard from cereal packets perhaps . The old Blue Peter method of recyling we all did when cash was tight .Saw dust  once painted looks good for ballast . 

A Layout is never finished .

john205480

8 posts

I have bought 2 Arc Air powerbases recently at a fraction of the normal new cost .I bought them as new but not boxed as they come from retailers that break down sets and sell the indivual parts .I suggest looking for a new unboxed unit .I have had no problems using them on my 2 circuits .I did get an overload once and it was due to a tiny bit of braid stuck in a slot .I carefully went over my track slowly with a magnet until I found it .Thin as a human hair wire caused the issue . 

A Layout is never finished .

john205480

8 posts

Thanks for the reply Andy .I use ARC AIR and get the Zooom sound as they go past the start/finish line .Maybe in the future we will get onboard sound like the locomotives .

A Layout is never finished .

john205480

8 posts

I am a model railway modeller in the main but have recently starting to enjoy slot racing as well and have a fair sized layout running various cars .

I have accumulated 25 cars of various types and have noticed they all seem to have their own sound when running as well as  handling characteristics so I was wondering if this is intentional or accidental .My collection is all scalextric cars .Some run as side winder and others inline .The sound can vary from almost silent whooshing around from my newer GT3 cars to quite loud older Audi TT ones .Merc SLR with inline motors have their own steady whirring sound .

I am guessing it is the variation of chassis ,motor ,gearing and body that changes the sound .Any thoughts from users ?

Also as a DCC railway fan I wonder if scalextric have considerd adding TTS sound to the in-car chips as this would be fun to hear real engine sounds when running . 

A Layout is never finished .

john205480

8 posts

I have added 10g self adhesive weights to the underside of wagons that are light and find they stay on track better .

A Layout is never finished .

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